Kantech KT-1 PoE+ Controller Test

By Brian Rhodes, Published Apr 01, 2021, 10:57am EDT

Tyco-owned Kantech is commonly cited as an integrator favorite access offering, ranking higher than sister access offering Software House. The company's newest KT-1 controller adds PoE+ capability and an embedded access management system.

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IPVM bought and tested the KT-1 to see how it stacks up against competitors in the security space.

In this report, we cover these findings and more:

  • 7 key strengths and 7 key weaknesses across the hardware and software
  • 3 videos and 8+ images showing an overview of the KT-1 Controller and the embedded 'Standalone' management interface
  • KT-1 Pricing and Features
  • Multiple sections and images examing Kantech's embedded management app

Inside, we detail our findings on how well the system operates, where it is weak, and how it compares to Avigilon, Axis, Hartmann, HID, and ZKTeco embedded access systems.

Hardware ********* *** **********

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  • **** ******:*** **-* ******** * backplane **** *****, *****-***** contacts **** *********** ***** large ***** **** *** making ******* ********** ******* in *** ***** ***** easier **** ******* ******** and **** ***** ***********.
  • **** ******** ********** ********:*** **-* ******** *** option ** *** *******'* free, **********, ******** '**********' option. ******* ** ****** the *-**** **-*** ** single **** **-*, *** testing ***** **** '********** Mode' ** ******** **** and *****, *** ********.

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  • *** **********:*** **-* ** ******* to *********** *** **** control *** ****** ** 'scaled **' **** */* board ** ******* **** many ***** ******* *****, i.e. *** ****, ******** Access, *** ******* ********.
  • ******* ** *********** ****** Only:*** **-* **** *** support ****, ******* **** high-risk ******* ** ******* proprietary ******/******* *** ********** readers.
  • ******** ********:********** ** *** ***** ordered, *** **-* **** be ********* **** *** or **** ****** ****** use, ****** **** ***** models **** *** ** just ***** ** *** powered. *** **-*-*** ** test **** ** *** pieces **** **** ********* in ******* ***** *********, compared ** *** *********-***** form ******* ** ***** manufacturer's ***** ****** **** controllers.

Embedded ********** ******** ********* *** ********

*******'* **** ********** ******** is ********** *** ******** into *** **-*.

*** ******* ****** ***** features, *** ** ******* to *** **** (** 4 ***** ** *** KT-400) *** ** ****** to *********** **** *** party *******.

*** ******** *******:

  • ******: ** *** ****, we ********** ** **** or ******* ** *** interface. ***** ****** **** and ***** ******** ********** of **** ***** ********* the **** *** ********** (populating ****, ********* *****, etc.) ***** ****** *********** slowed **** ** *** number ** ******** *****/********* increased, *** **** ***** locked ** ** ****** to ******* *** ***** access ******* ********.
  • *******-*****: ** ****** ** Chrome, ****, *** ****** and *** *** *** features ** ******* ***********. Logins *** *** ******* anything ** ** ***** or ********** ** *** Standalone ****.
  • *****, ***** ******:** * *** *******, we ******* *** **** and ******** ** ********* and *** * ******, and **** ************* ***** will ** **** ** learn ** *******.
  • ****: ********** **** ** included **** **-* *** KT-400 *********** *** ** license *** ** ************ is ******** ** *** it.

********** **** **********

  • ** ***** ** ************ Images:********** **** **** *** integrate ***** ** **** show ********** ** ****** when ***** *** *******.***** ******** *********, **** ZKTeco *****, ** ****.
  • ** ********* ***********, ***** Types ****:**** ~** ***** *** kHz ** *******-*********** ********** formats *** ********, *** many **.** *** ********* formats *** *** ********* nor *** ** ********** to *** ****. ******/********* credentials *** *** **********.
  • **** ****** ********** *******: *** ****** **** not ********* "***** **** **********", * ***** ******* in **** *****-****** *********. While ****** ****** *** be **********, **** ***** time *** ****** ***** access ******* ** *** require.
  • *** ****** ****:****** **** *******, ********** mode **** *** *** report ****** ****** **** includes *** ****** ******, so ******** ******* **** be ********* ********.

Controller ******** ********

** ******* *** ***** and ******** ** *** KT-1 *****:

*** ****** **-* **** with * ***** ********* and * ***** '******* Circuit *****' (***) ********* that *** ***** ****** to ****** ***** ***** wire **********.

*** ****** **** **-* supports ** ** * readers (**/***), * ********** inputs, *** * *******. The ********* ** ******** with * ****** ****** that **** ** ********** as * ****** *****.

**-** **** ** ********** mode *** ** ************ and ***** ** *******'* licensed ********* ********** ******** at * ***** ***** - * ******** ** will **** ** ******** results.

Special ******* *** ************* ********

******* ** *** **-*'* most ****** ************ *** configuration ******** *** ******** under *** ****'* *****.

** *** ***** *****, the **-* ** ***** with *** ***** *******:

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*** **** ******** **+ LEDs **** **** ****/******* status ** ****** ** troubleshooting ***** ******** *** unit *************, ********* * dual-purpose "*-******" ********* ****** LED *** ******. **** access *********** **** ***** network **** *** **** the ***** ** *** KT-1.

****** *** ***** ** removed, *** ****'* ******* reset ****** *** *** system ******, ********* * QR **** **** ** device ************ *** ************, are ******. *** ***** button ****** ****** ***** different ***** **** ***** from * **** ******* default ** *** **** only ***** ************* **** but ******* ******* ********.

*** **-* ******** **** install/config ******** ** ** easy-to-understand ****** **** **** other ***********.

Easy ****** ******

IPVM Image****** **** ** *******, Kantech's ********** ******** *****-**** contact ***********. **** **** but ****** *******, **** locations *** *****-*****.

******* *** ********** *** enclosure **** ***** * dark ***** *****, *** light ***** *********** ******, color-coded *****, *** *****-***** connection ***** **** ****** the ********** **** ********* than *** ** ******* Security ********.

Assembly ********

*******, ********** ** ***** of *** ****** **-* options ** *******, ********** must ***** ******** *** install *** **** ****** it ** **** ** be *****.

** *** **** ** tested, *** *** ********* model **** ***** *********, the ********** **** ** two ****** **** ** turn *** * *********** installed **** *** *********:

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**** ** *** ****-***** KT-1 ** **** * different ********* **** ** installed *****. **** ** a **** **** **** single-door *********** ** *** require, *** **** *** additional **** ** ** install ***.

No **** *******

*** **-* **** *** support****, ***** ****** *********, supervised ****** *************. ******, the **** ******** ******** Wiegand *** *** ***** readers, ***** **** *** meet **** ********* ****** specifications.

No *************

*** **-* ****** ** expanded **** **** ***** single **** *********** *** is ******* ***** ** control ****** ***** ****.

******* ********* ***+ ***** and ******** ********* *******, Kantech **** *** ***** I/O ** ****** ********* modules ******* **** ** ******* Security********** ******:

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**** ***** **** ****** KT-1s **** ** ******** for ***** ****, ** switching **** ** *******'* multiple *****, ******, *********** wired, *** ***+ **-***, -300, ** -**** **** be ********.

Embedded '**********' ****** **********

*** **-* *** ** added ** ** ********* access ****** ** *** use *** ******** ********** management ******. *** ****** to *** ********** ** offered ** **** *** single-door **-* *** ****-**** KT-400 ***********.

******** *** ********** *** the **** *** ****, with **** *** ****** of *****, ******, *** outputs *********.

*** ********* ** ****** and ***********, *** **** novice ***** **** ** able ** ******* ******* themselves *** ***** ********** quickly:

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** *** ***** *****, we ******* ********** **** operation *** ********:

Available ** ****-**** **-*** ****

********** **** *** *** KT-1 ** **** **** is ******* ** *** door, *** *** ******** application ** ********* ** Kantech's ****-**** **-*** ********** also.

*** ***** ***** ** remote ***** **** *** doors, ********** **** ** a ****-********* (*** **** powerful) ********** ****** ** an **-**** ** *****-***** system.

Manual **** ******* ***** ***********

*** ** *** ******* features ** ******** ********* or ********* ***** ** shown ** * **** of ******* ********* ** the '****' *** ** default, *** ****** ***** clicks *** ****** ** execute ****:

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**** ******* ******* ******** clicks ** ******* ** access ***** ***** ********, including ***** ******** ********* like** **** *****.

One ****** ****

******* ******** ** *** embedded ****** ** **** reporting ** ********* **** a ****** '*** *****' .csv ****** ****.

******* ********* ** **** on ******* **** ** specific *********** **** ******* additional ****** ******. *** single '******' ****** ** shown *****:

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Other ********** **** ***********

** ******* ******* ***** limitations, **** **** ****** limitations, **** ** ********** image *************, ***** ******* delay, *** *** ********* limitations ** *** ***** below:

***** ********* ****** *** specific ** ********** **** and *******'* ********* ******** does *** ******* **** or ****** **** ***********.

Kantech **-* *******

****** ***** *** *** KT-1 **** ** ******* (including *** ********* *** metal *********) ** ~$***, but ******* ****** **** to ~$*** *** *** wall *****-**** *****.

* ******* ******** ****** comparison ***** ****** ***** **** ***** Manager******* ~$***, *** **** pricing **** *** ******* a ******* ********* **** will *** ******* ~$** - $**. ****, ****** Kantech's ********** ****, **** supports **+ ***** *** is ********** **** **** with ******** ***** *******.

Versus ***** ******** *******

******** ****** ********** ******* like **-* ********** *** not *******, **** **** controllers **** ********* * separate **-**** ** *****-***** management ******** *** ***.

*******, *** **-* ** limited ** *********** *** door, ***** ***** ******** platforms *** ** ****** to ******** *****. ***** embedded ********* *** ***** max **** ****** *******:

** ***** ** ***** and *************, *** *** priced ** *** ***** end ** *** ****** and *** ******** ******* offer ***** ****** ******** only.

** **** ******* *********, advanced ************ *** ********* limited ******** ** ******, server-based, ***-******** *******.

Kantech ********* **** ******

**** ** ******** * test ** *******'* ******** (non-embedded) ********* ********** ******** and ******* ***** ********** system. ** **** *** the **-* ******** ** this **** ** **** report, ** ** ******** in *** ****** *****.

Comments (11)

* *** ****** ** note ***** **-* *** KT-400 ** ********** **** :

-*** **** ** ******** an ********* ** ******* for *** ********** **** for **-***'*. **'* **** free ** *** **-*.

-***** ** ** *** time **** ** *** KT-1 ** **-*** **** in ********** ****. **** controllers **** ** **** drift *** **** ** manually ********* ***** *** days ** *****. **** is * *** ******* if *** **** ********* door *******. ******* ******* says **** ** ***** in * ******** ******, but ** ** ***. Getting ******* *** ******* problems **** **** ** very *********.

-*** ****** *** **** than * ********** ** standalone ****. *** *******, if *** **** * doors (***** * **-* and * **-***) *** cannot ** ********** **** (unless *** **** ** run *** ********** ******** systems *** ***** ***** in *** ******) *** you **** ****** ** a **** ********* ****** with * ** *** software. **'* * ******** change **** *** *** based **** ******** ********** mode ** *** *** school ** ********** **** to ** *** **** really *****.

-***** ******** ******** **** a *** **** **** not ***** ********* ** user ********, ** ***** backups ** *** ********. If * ******** ************ wipes *** ********** (***** can ** **** **** a ****** ****** ***** on *** **-*) **** you **** ** ****** to ******* ****. ***** firmware ******** *** ****, so ** **** ** upgrade. ************ ***** **** you *** ***** **** if **'* ***** ***.

******* ******* **-*'* *** KT-400 *** ***** ******** but ***** *** * few *** *******. ********* they ******** ** ******* and ******. *** *** standalone **** ** * big **** ******* *** the ****** ***** *** not ************.

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*** *** **** ** scan * **** ** enroll ** ** *** reader ** ** *** have ** ******** ***** card ******* **** ******* up *****?

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** *** ****, ** scanned ** *** ****** and **** & ****** the **** ****** **** the **********'* ********.

********** **** ***** *** card *****, ***** ** invalid, *** ** *** easy ****** ** **** scan ** *** **** it. *******, ** *** know *** **** ****** you *** **** ***** it ********.

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***** ** ******* - you **** ** **** a **** (***** ** invalid) *** ****/***** **. There's ** *****-** **** and *** ******* **** the **** ***** ** the *****.*** ******* ****** Control ******.

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**** *** *** ***** the ** * ***** weigand **** ** **** not ****. ******** **** do *** ******* **** , **** **** ***** own ****** ** ****** communications ** * ******. Kantech ******* ******* **** to *** *** **** of * **-* *** provide *** *** *** to *** ********** **** used **** ******* ****** smart *****. *** **** that ****. * ****** promise **** **** ***** in ***** ***** **** , ** * **** not ****** **. *** when **** **** ********* or ******* ** ****** a **** ****** ************ path *** ** *********** credential .

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******. * ********* **** point ** *** ******.

*******, ******/******* ** ******* proprietary. *** ********** **** supports **.

* **** ******** **** calling ** '***********'. ** may *** **** ******** or **** ********, *** calling ** '***********' ** a *** **** ******* HMS ******* '**********'. ********** IOSmart ** ***** * risk, ** ** ****.

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* ** ******* ** the **-* ** **** to ******* *** *******: single **** **** ****** for ****** *** * 2nd ****** ****** *** people ** "***** **" during ***** **** *** door ** ********? **** has **** ********* ** a ***** *** *****. We *** *** **** if **** *** **** with * ****** **-* or ***.

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** *** *** ****** always **** *** *****-** regardless ** *** **** is ********?

** ********** ****, *** 2nd ****** ** **** used *** ****/********** **** force **** ******. *** you ***** ********* ** Standalone ****?

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****** ***** * ** for ***** **** ** / **** ***

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*** *** ****** ***** be ******** ************ *** check-in **** **** *** door ** ********. (***** this ******'* **** *****?)

** ***** ****** *** EntraPass ** *** ****** wants *** ********** ********- remote ********** *** ***, etc.

** *** ************ ***** the ********* ****** ***** with *** ******** ***** VMS **** ********** ******* in * ****** ***.

** **** **** ***** about **** *********, ** very **** *********** ********* at **** *****.

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**** ******** **** * read ** ****. *'*** Kantech.

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